Don’t quit your training to early!
Spreading the word about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu used to be done in a manner that varies greatly from today’s internet marketing strategies. Jiu Jitsu spread by word of mouth via the testimonials of those who either saw Gracie Challenge VHS tapes, or by those who witnessed the challenges in person. The video below is a prime example of this martial arts propagation methodology. In the video Gracie Jiu Jitsu Legend Pedro Sauer shares a bare-knuckle brawl with gargantuan bodybuilder Lance Batchelor. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, but I will tell you that Lance would not be doing any “Mr. Utah” competitions for a few weeks after the fight.
BTW I love the time stamp of 8:56 in the morning. “Wake up fellas. There is a fight to be had today.”
What are some of your favorite Gracie Challenge videos?
We probably have the smallest store in all of BJJ. Todd and I are way better at entertaining then we are at selling things. Proof being that you probably don’t even know that we have a store. That being said, we have come up with some “exciting” and “obligatory” Black Friday deals for you! You can begin taking advantage of these deals at midnight tonight! All deals will be first come first serve and if to many of you begin buying stuff…(I’m so sure right?)…we reserve the right to pull the deal. It’s not like we are sitting on a massive inventory ya know?
So here are the deals that we have for you: (Before checking out the deals please stare at this hypnosis thing for 60 seconds. We heard something about subliminal marketing! Stare at your own risk.)
OK quick, start shopping!
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Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays! Thanks for your support! Oss!
– Believes that BJJ is more for self-defense rather than sport.
– Is more of a pressure passer than a guard player; feels uncomfortable on their back.
– Will only wear a white gi with plenty of corporate patches.
– Is proficient with takedowns.
– Never lends out their athletic tape, thinks everyone should have their own.
– Always wears a rashguard.
– Practices BJJ more for sport, rather than for self-defense.
– Is more of a guard player rather than a passer, comfortable on their back.
– Will wear any color gi, sometimes mixing pant and jacket colors. Patches may have messages intended to provoke others.
– Not so good with takedowns; will generally pull guard and work off of their back.
– Believes that the gym should charge extra to supply water and athletic tape to everyone in class.
– Tend to wear funny rashguards and/or graphic tees under the gi.
– Practices BJJ simply because they are free to do so.
– Lets the other person choose whether to play guard, or take the top.
– Wears white, black, blue or more particularly; a camouflaged gi. Doesn’t like many patches, if any.
– Will pull guard or go for the takedown; so long as no one forces them to do either.
– Has a solid base of fundamentals, enhanced by YouTube.
– Never wears a rashguard (men).
– Thinks you should mind your business about why they do Jiu Jitsu.
– Always ends up in crazy positions, broadly forsaking fundamentals.
– Wears outrageously colored gis; namely red and green, and early batch shoyoroll gis.
– Likes to go for judo throws that they have never practiced before.
– Never attempts the techniques that Professor taught in class.
– Creates new techniques; and gives old techniques new names.
– Tony Peranio WBBJJ
MMA Legend Nick Diaz and the renowned Roy Dean faced each other in BJJ when they were at the blue belt level. It was a rough-and-tumble match that ended 6-2 in favor of Diaz. While watching the match I was thinking of how difficult it must have been for the ref to score the constant action! This was a great roll by two gentlemen who are excellent black belts today.
Rematch at Metamoris 6 perhaps? Thoughts?
Who: Rory MacDonald vs JT Torres
What: Flying Leg Scissor
Where: Southern California, Metamoris 5
When: November 22, 2014
Around 13 minutes into Rory MacDonald and JT Torres‘ Metamoris match, Rory went for an attack/sweep that we do not often see in competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: the Flying Leg Scissor. The sweep was enough to set a world champion Jiu Jitsu competitor like JT down on his butt, but what furthered my interest was Jeff Glover‘s repetitiously stating that it was a “dangerous move”.
In the clip below Anderson Silva is submitted by Ryo Chonan at PRIDE: SHOCKWAVE 2004 with a Flying Leg Scissor Heel Hook. If you can submit one of the greatest fighters of all time with it, it can be considered a dangerous move indeed.
Since the Flying Leg Scissor is a dangerous technique and everyone likes a little bit of danger, let’s take a look at the technique in detail. Who can break it down better than Rener and Ryron Gracie? I recommend watching the entire clip below, but if you want to skip to the Flying Leg Scissor Breakdown fast forward to the 11:00 minute mark or just click here.
Also check out this informative breakdown of the technique!
Hope you enjoyed the read.
– Tony Peranio WBBJJ